A Harrow teacher is celebrating after winning an award for his work at a London ceremony.
Ian Bennett, of Aylward First and Middle School, in Pangbourne Drive, Stanmore, was awarded a distinction for the SSAT award for outstanding new teacher at the London Teaching Awards last week.
He said: "It was a shock when I was nominated and then narrowed down to the final three.
"I was nominated by two pupils whom I taught in my first year. It was a great celebration and it was an honour to be recognised."
The exceptional teachers got Plato awards, which are a symbol of excellence in teaching, as well an engraved glass award. The 26 year old over-came competition from more than 8,000 nominees to be named one of the capital's best teachers.
The ceremony took place at Cafe Royal, in London, with guests of honour including Baroness Shirley Williams and the actor Henry Winkler, otherwise know as the Fonz from Happy Days.
Mr Bennett, who has been at the Stanmore school for two years, revealed the nomination and assessment process was not easy.
He said: "Three judges had to come and watch me teach, it was really nerve-wracking.
"But when the judges came in we knew we were down to the final three so we were already winners."